Title // Tweet Cute
Author // Emma Lord
Publisher // Wednesday Books
Publication Date // January 21st, 2020
Synopsis // Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming ― mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.
Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.
All’s fair in love and cheese ― that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life ― on an anonymous chat app Jack built.
As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate ― people on the internet are shipping them?? ― their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.
My Rating: ★★★★☆
This book was so deliciously cheesy and fun and lighthearted and honestly the perfect happy go lucky contemporary read to get my mind off this abysmal world we’re living in.
Right away the premise of teens having a viral Twitter war while also falling for each other without knowing it is so compelling! This book was honestly addictive. I loved seeing the funny snarky tweets that they were sending to each other, and their banter, which were all full of enough sassy internet and pop culture references to make my snarky teen fangirl heart happy.
Pepper and Jack were so cute together and I was shipping them so hard! Their interactions were so fun and playful and just so fun to read about! Also, I believe they were both seniors but neither of them had been in a relationship before which was really refreshing to read about!
Both of the two main characters, Pepper and Jack (seriously how cute are those names together??) were really compelling and relatable on their own. Pepper is a vicious, motivated student who excels at ruining the curve and has her days planned to every minute, all part of her master plan to beat out her fellow students and get into an Ivy League school. Her motivation and determination to study is really relatable to me, and I also appreciated a YA book showing how hard it is to get into college (I’m so tired of all those books where teens literally never study but get into great schools).
Pepper was fun, but Jack I absolutely adored! He struggles to be seen as good, rather than just being in the shadow of his perfect identical twin, and though I don’t have an identical twin, I think anyone with siblings really can understand the feeling of always being in the shadow of their sibling. Jack’s parents also expect him to inherit the family deli, and he struggles with wanting to stay there, but also wanting to get out into the world and pursue learning his passions, and kind of just wanting nothing to change.
There were a lot of great family themes in this book too. There’s Jack and his twin brother, but there’s also a story of Pepper always being pushed by her mom to be better and do things she doesn’t necessarily want to. There’s also a story of Pepper and her sister who has become estranged from her mom, and wanting to reconcile them, and the repercussions of Pepper’s parents separation, even years later.
There was SO MUCH FOOD in this book and hello I’m a foodie I think lots of us are and anyone who appreciates food with appreciate this so much. The whole premise revolves around who has the better version of a grilled cheese sandwich and I want one of those so badly. Also Pepper is a baker, and every description of a baked good she makes is so mouthwatering–especially monster cake, a monster mashup of like every sweet every jammed into a funfetti cake that I want so badly! Pepper also runs a food blog, which, as a proud owner of a book blog, I loved reading about!
This whole book was just super cute overall. The reason I’m only giving it four stars instead of five is it was almost… too cheesy? Almost a bit too fluffy and cute without too much substance, so that it was super fun and addicting to read, but it’s not going to leave a huge impression on me. Overall though I really recommend it, especially in a time like now when we all need a little happiness.